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Cumberland Island - Stafford Beach Campground

Saint Marys, Georgia



4.5 miles

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Added by Eric Sullivan

5.5 miles of hiking filled with wild horses, the ruins of a mansion that could rival the Great Gatsby house, and a beach all to yourself.

This is a great trip for beginners looking to try out gear or just wanting to do a weekend trip. I would suggest doing this trip in the spring or near the end of summer. South Georgia is incredibly hot and humid during the summer and you will constantly be dealing with mosquitoes. You will take a ferry to Cumberland Island. Once you arrive on the island you have around a 1 mile hike on flat surface to get to the Dungeness Ruins. You can either hike a trail along the coast up to the Dungeness or cut over to the middle of the island and hike up the gravel road. Once you arrive at the Dungeness you are able to explore around the property and will encounter some of the wild horses that live on the island. There are restrooms and spots to fill up water bottles here. After you are done looking at the Dungeness you have around a mile hike back towards the dock, and then can make a choice on which path to take to get to the Stafford Beach Campgrounds. You can take a path through the woods, or cut through the Sea Island Campgrounds and walk down the beach to your campsite. Each of these paths are around 3.5 miles. Once you arrive to the campsite you can setup at any of the spots available. Each spot is very spacious and has a fire pit ready if you choose to use it. This campsite also has a restroom with showers in the middle of it. The campsite is located in the woods but it will only take you a few minutes walking to reach the beach. Make sure you are aware of what time the ferry comes the next morning. The ferry comes to the island twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The only wildlife you will experience on this trip are the wild horses, armadillos, raccoons (make sure to store your food away properly, and hide your shoes if you take them off), and depending on what time of year you go you will experience mosquitoes; especially in the summer months.

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